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Kate’s back to Earth with a (tiny) bump

Back at work: The duke and duchess with Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace last night

THE Duchess of Cambridge revealed a tiny baby bump last night on her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy.

She joined the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at a Buckingham Palace reception held to recognise the work of mental health campaigners.

Kate has been out of the public eye for six weeks while suffering with severe morning sickness.

Radiant: The Duchess of Cambridge in a blue lace Temperley dress, and (below) arriving at the reception with William PICS: PA

A spokesman said the duchess still has hyperemesis gravidarum, which she endured while expecting Prince George and Princess Charlotte, but her condition is ‘improving’.

‘She’s delighted to be here tonight,’ he added. It is understood Kate’s appearance does not mean she is ready to resume full royal duties.

Wearing a blue lace dress by Temperley, which skimmed over her bump, the duchess appeared as she, William and Harry arrived via a well-known hidden door in the palace’s White drawing room.

Among the 350 guests were comedian Stephen Fry, who is president of the Mind mental health charity, and Dame Esther Rantzen.

Kate was last seen in public at the end of August, when she joined the duke and Prince Harry to mark the death of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

On September 4, Kensington Palace announced she was expecting her third child, a brother or sister to George, who is four, and two-year-old Charlotte.